Minor League Notebook: July 6th

One win short of an organizational sweep. One off day. One monkey off the back of a team. One complete game shutout, albeit on the wrong side. One more win for the hottest teams in the Giants' system. One more edition of Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Sacramento 8, Fresno 0

LF Adam Shabala - 0-4, .274
SS Tim Hutting - 1-3, SO, .200
3B Jed Hansen - 1-3, SO, .247
RF Todd Linden - 3-4, .273
1B Chad Santos - 0-4, 2 SO, .258
2B Kevin Frandsen - 0-4, .309
C Justin Knoedler - 0-3, SO, .243
CF Clay Timpner - 0-3, .306
DH Mike Cervenak - 2-4, 2B, .390
SP Pedro Liriano - 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, WP, 4.50; L, 1-5
RP Merkin Valdez - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 6.50
RP Brandon Villafuerte - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, HR, 4.93
RP Matt Anderson - 1.0 IP, H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, HR, 9.00

The Grizzlies lost another dreadful game, and it was all wrong. Sacramento starter Shane Komine kept the bats quiet with a complete game shutout, scattering seven hits. Only one of those hits counted for extra bases, Mike Cervenak's double in the fourth inning. Fresno's pitching wasn't immediately bad, as Pedro Liriano allowed two runs in 5.1 innings, but it fell apart in the late innings thanks to a bullpen collapse. The usual suspects were behind it; Merkin Valdez and Matt Anderson, with his 9.00 ERA certainly are making bad matters worse for the perennially poor Grizzlies.

Notes: Fresno is tied with the Omaha Royals for the worst record in the Pacific Coast League at 34-53 and of course this puts them in last place in the division. At 19.5 games behind Tucson, and with Las Vegas and Sacramento hanging around .500, there's little chance for the Grizzlies to move up.  This was Timpner’s first game since returning to Triple-A.  He was called up to replace the injured Dan Ortmeier.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 1, Portland 0 (11 innings)

CF Randy Walter - 1-5, 2 SO, .206
2B Aaron Sisk - 1-3, 2 BB, SB (6), .206
LF Brian Horwitz - 2-5, R, HR, RBI, SO, .220
3B Brian Buscher - 1-3, 2 BB, .271
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-5, 2 SO, .234
1B Tyler Von Schell - 2-5, 1 SO, .232
C Brian Munhall - 0-4, 3 SO, .250
SS Jake Wald - 1-4, 1 SO, .203
SP Pat Misch - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 2.28
RP Joe Bateman - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 4.22
RP Jason Waddell - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2.90; W, 1-1

The Defenders beat a few of their demons when they defeated the Seadogs in extra innings. Portland had owned them this season coming into the contest, and starter Pat Misch and relievers Joe Bateman and Jason Waddell kept the opposition down by pitching eleven innings of scoreless baseball. Brian Horwitz was the difference in the game with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eleventh inning. Nate Schierholtz and Brian Munhall had a rough day, with five strikeouts between them, but who cares after such an exciting finish to the game? Also of note, Travis Ishikawa did not play, a usual fixture for the Defenders.

Notes: The Defenders are stuck in fourth place in the Northern division of the Eastern League, 11 games back of division-leading Portland. Trenton has moved up and opened a big lead above Connecticut when two weeks ago they were seperated by only a few games. Now Binghamton is in their sights, at 9.5 back of the leader.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 4, Rancho Cucamonga 3

CF Alex Requena - 1-5, R, .276
3B Simon Klink - 0-1, 3 BB, SB (1), .242
2B Mark Minicozzi - 3-5, RBI, SO, .284
DH Mike Wagner - 1-3, R, BB, SO, .273
C Todd Jennings - 1-5, E (5), .284
LF Carlos Sosa - 2-4, R, SO, .312
1B Pat Dobson - 1-4, 2 RBI, .241
RF John Bowker - 1-4, BB, SO, .244
SS Julio Cordido - 1-4, R, SO, .290
SP Alfredo Simon - 1.0, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, SO, 9.00
RP Darren Sack - 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0,53
RP Nathan Pendley - 1.0 IP, H, R, ER, BB, 3 SO, HBP 1.99
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.18; W, 5-0

San Jose starter Alfredo Simon faltered early, allowing two runs in the first inning, his only inning of work on the evening. Darren Sack picked him up in long relief, throwing a shutout through 5.1 innings. San Jose came back to take the lead in the seventh inning, then gave it up in the eighth. The score remained tight to the bottom of the ninth, when Mark Minicozzi singled to win the game. He and Pat Dobson took care of the offense, driving in all of the Giants runs, and Carlos Sosa scored in addition to his 2 for 4 day.

Notes: San Jose retains its hold on the California League North division, but they have Visalia right behind them. The Giants are at 9-4 in the second half of the season, and the Oaks are just a half game back. And don't count Stockton out, either, only 3.5 back.  Simon is on a rehab assignment from Fresno.

Augusta Greenjackets (Low-A) - Augusta 7, Hickory 6

CF Ben Copeland - 2-4, R, SB (18), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .300
3B David Maroul - 1-2, R, HR, SB, 4 RBI, 1 SO, .268
DH Eugenio Velez - 1-5, 1 SO, .285
PH/2B Kyle Haines - 1-2, 2B, E (7), .237
RF Mike Mooney - 2-5, 1 SO, .288
SS Anthony Contreras - 0-5, 1 SO, .321
CF Antoan Richardson - 0-0, .264
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-5, R, 1 SO, .257
2B Hector Borg - 1-4, 2 R, 1 SO, .191
C Nick Conte - 1-4, R, 1 PB, .147
SP Joe Martinez - 7.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, HBP, 3.87; W, 8-4
RP Osiris Matos - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 2.36; SV, 7

Augusta did all its scoring early, and often, putting up seven runs before the fourth inning, and giving starter Joe Martinez room when his stuff wasn't on like it was Thursday night. Still, the young right-hander kept things under control with a solid seven and one thirds innings effort with seven strikeouts. Ben Copeland raised his average back to .300, and David Maroul pretty much did it all for the Jackets, stealing third in the first (gutsy move, going with two outs) and hitting a grand slam in the second inning. It almost got away from Augusta when Hickory scored a run in each of the last three innings, but Osiris Matos got his seventh save of the season to preserve the win for his starter.

Notes: The Greenjackets lead the planet in win percentage right now. At 12-3, they lead the entire South Atlantic League and are two games up on Greenville in the division. It's the second half of the season, and after a solid first half, the Greenjackets are looking to keep good momentum going to push them towards a league title.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 4, Eugene 3

2B Christopher Todd - 1-4, RBI, .316
DH William Thompson - 1-3, R, 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO, .382
1B Brett Pill - 1-4, .375
C Henry Guitierrez-Portalatin - 3-4, R, 2B, SB (3), RBI, .405
3B Evan Bush - 1-3, R, .190
LF Bobby Felmy - 1-4, R, HR, SB (4), 2 RBI, .341
RF Ryan Neal - 0-3, 2 SO, .328
CF Michael McBryde - 0-4, 1 SO, E (2), .262
SS Brian Bocock - 1-2, S, SO, .423
SP John Odom - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2.79; W, 3-1
RP Steven Calicutt - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3.38
RP Kelvin Pichardo - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, WP, 5.14; SV, 1

It wasn't the same lineup that's been setting the Northwest League on fire, but it still worked in favor of the Volcanoes. Henry Guitierrez-Portalatin had a big day with three hits and a stolen base, and Bobby Felmy contributed to the offense with his third home run of the year. John Odom went five innings in another good start for Volcanoes starters. It's all about learning experiences at this level, and it's not unusual to see lineup shuffling as the newer Giants progress in the short-season Northwest League. Emmanuel Burriss sat out the game, and Brett Pill had his second start of the season thus far.

Notes: Salem-Keizer keeps up their manic start to the season with another win, and at 14-4 they have the best record in the league, and a two game lead on second place Vancouver. The Western division is faring much better than the East; no team is above .500 in the East, while the team with the worst record in the West is right at 9-9.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - No games scheduled

Notes: The Giants remain in control in the Arizona League, in a three-way tie for first with the rookie clubs of the Mariners and Royals. The Padres' rookie team is right there, only a game back. It's still early in this short season league but when four of the six teams in the organization are tearing it up, it's exciting.

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